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Bolingbrook mother is world record holder for breast milk donations

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – A Bolingbrook mother of four is now in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Amelia Boomker is the new world record holder for the largest breast milk donation ever after she donated 12,321 fluid ounces of milk to the Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank over a five-and-a-half year span from 2008-13.

The Indiana Mothers’ Milk Bank collects breast milk donations from fully screened and approved mothers and provides pasteurized donor milk to hospitals in seven midwest states.

Boomker's donation is the equivalent of 241 two-liter bottles, according to a news release.

Boomker began pumping breast milk when her first son, Danny, was born with a congenital heart defect in 2005, a release states. She was producing more milk than her son could consume, so the nurses at Hope Children’s Hospital encouraged her to donate to a milk bank.

“They started sending me liter bottles because I was producing so much milk. I would send up to 14 at a time,” Boomker said in the release.

Boomker pumped breast milk for her three sons born after Danny, allowing her donation amount to climb.

While on maternity leave with her youngest son, she became aware of the world record and knew that she had pumped enough to break it.

For five years, she sent expressed milk in coolers packed with dry ice and dropped off donations at some of the IMMB’s depots in the Chicago area.

The milk bank has depot locations in seven states for donors to drop off milk.

For more information on the IMMB, visit ww.immb.org.

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